December 31, 2012 Subject:
.22 years ? Where does the time go ?
What can I add that hasn't already been said of this gem? Some real smoldering embers are to be found in this one for sure. Birdsong & Eyes are two of my all-time favs from this I spin regularly. Slow sweet, but the way nature intended. 1990 was a great year, in spite of the loss. I also agree Dead + Branford was pure magic !
There are other versions here of this same date, but this one is my favorite. The best I remember it from my vantage point that special, unforgetable night. 5***** for bringing it all flooding back !
Thank you Archive, Happy 2013 ~
December 18, 2012 Subject:
Awesome cap to one of the band's greatest years. I prefer this bass-laden, percussion-thump-heavy FB sbd for the first set; the second is available on youtube for viewing, and I highly recommend doing so for the full experience!
First of all, a word on Branford Marsalis and the X-Men, who opened - if you can find this set (just gotta poke around, you know ;) you'll be *very* satisfied - it's basically an hour+ of pure jazz jam; Branford's musicans (Kevin Eubanks among them) are clearly top-drawer - Bruce even gets in on the action a bit!
Set 1 - very solid first set, with the Branford-laden Bird Song taking the honors here; I enjoy this sbd also for some of the commentary; while the radio announcers clearly were lost-in-space through a lot of their attempt to give us a 'rundown' of what's going on, it is very moving to hear JP Barlowe kind of break the 4th wall (in the studio, mind you) to talk about Brent. Ken Nordine's classic Flibberty Jip is a nice add, too - thanks for that!
Set 2 - This is one of the most exciting, experimental, free-form, jazzy sets I've *ever* heard the band do - the setlist doesn't really get you inside what happens during this Dark Star and Other One - there is over an hour twenty gone by before they resolve Wharf Rat...Jer's voice was shot for this set, as it was a lot for many fall '90 shows, but instrumentally they seem to have taken a cue from Branford's set earlier and really, *really* dial it in.
I enjoy watching the vid for moments like the close-up on Bobby just before the first Other One verse - with a conspicuous lack of Bobby tunes in the 2nd set overall you are almost reminded that he's out there, considering how much space Branford takes up - we're reminded at just how deeply integrated Weir's weird, atonal strumming is with the overall sound and how we take it for granted too often. He then finally gets a chance to sing, and, of course, blows the words (to the Other One?!?!).
This is a 2-hour jazz-explosion 2nd set, folks. Hang on for this one -